...and pretty soon you're talking about some serious money!
The whole financial bail out thing is so mind boggling that it's no wonder the country seems fixated, trying to come to grips with such large sums of money. I know I am.
The New Yorker cartoon, which is on my daily desk calendar for September 24, is prophetic.
We're all so fixated on the financial crisis that the major news media seems to have passed over at least one of the stories about Vice Presidential nominee Palin, and accusations that she used her mayoral office in Alaska to feather her nest.
She also used it for her friends and family. That's been done by mayors and officials since civilization began, but in this case, this year, it seems pertinent as to the character of the person running for office. Most Americans take a dim view of elected officials using office for personal gain.
Oliphant, who never pulls punches, has got Sarah Palin and John McCain's images down:
I never thought he nailed Bush, who has a face that seems to defy caricature. It's been done by many artists, but he just doesn't have the distinctive features of a McCain, Palin or Obama, who all make cartoonists lick their lips with glee. The Bridge to Nowhere theme of Oliphant's drawing seems a metaphor for the bail out, too. Everyone is walking along a bridge to nowhere with this deal. None of us know when we'll all be in the river being swept downstream.